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Israel will reopen the mosque esplanade after the end of Ramadan

May 19, 2020

The mosque’s esplanade will reopen next week, two months after the emblematic enclave in Jerusalem was closed to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the area’s religious authority, the Waqf, reported Tuesday.

The agency plans in a future statement to disseminate protocols for access to the area where the Al-Aqsa Mosque is located, the third most important place in Islam. The reopening will take place immediately after the holy month of Ramadan, according to The Jerusalem Post.

Israel has registered at least 16,650 cases of coronavitus, including at least 277 deaths. As of this Wednesday, the government plans to lift some measures taken to contain the virus, such as reopening more than a hundred beaches.

Israel will reopen the mosque esplanade after the end of Ramadan
Israel will reopen the mosque esplanade after the end of Ramadan

The good weather has prompted the Ministry of Health to release the obligation to wear masks in public spaces, schools and buildings without air conditioning by Friday. However, according to the data protection authority, they will be necessary in rooms with crowds of people.

Health Minister Yuli Edelstein has confirmed that, although it is necessary to prevent infections, “the heat wave is also dangerous”. In this sense, he defended that the measure has the approval of medical professionals.